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Warne says it's farcical he can't train

03/09/2003 04:48:28 PM Comments (0)

Shane Warne has slammed as a farce the decision by Cricket Australia (CA) to prevent him from training while he serves a one-year doping ban.

But the champion leg spinner has vowed to fight for his spot in the Australian team when his suspension ends in February, saying he owes it "to those who have supported me over the years".

An independent arbiter ruled earlier this year that Warne could play in charity matches and train during the ban, so long as he did not receive any financial assistance.

This all changed last month, when World Anti-Doping Agency head Dick Pound criticised the ruling.

To avoid putting his teammates in an awkward position, Warne said he would no longer attend Victorian training.

Close friend and state captain Darren Berry then said he and other players would be happy to practise privately with Warne, only for CA to decide that they risked sanction by doing so.

"I'm not allowed to attend any official training with anyone at any level," Warne wrote in a column for The Herald-Sun.

"The whole situation has become a farce, but that's unfortunately the decision.

"They are not only penalising the charity that I could be playing for, but also penalising the younger players I have been helping, such as Cameron White, a young leggie I know I can help."

Warne is currently holidaying with his family in England after a string of further controversies in Australia, including accusations by a South African woman that he harassed her with telephone and text messages.

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